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Neither President Samia Suluhu nor Vice president Kamala Harris tweeted a congratulation message to Martha Karua.

By MIchael Barnabe.

Neither President Samia Suluhu nor Vice president Kamala Harris tweeted a congratulation message to Martha Karua.

On Monday,16, May 2022, after the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya alliance party leader Raila Odinga announced Martha Karua as his running mate for the presidential ticket, reports emerged that various world leaders had sent her congratulatory messages.
Many of these messages are said to be published on the leaders’s Twitter accounts.

There are screenshots of the purported messages that have been circulating online congratulating the Narc Kenya party leader on her appointment.

Among the screenshots was a post said to be from Kamala Harris, the Vice President of the United States.
The post read, “Congratulations @MarthaKarua all women stand with you”. It also appears as if Martha Karua responded to the tweet by saying “Thank you so much vice president Harris Kamala”.

Another tweet was purpoted to be from Samia Suluhu, president of Tanzania. The Purpoted tweet read in Kiswahili, “Nimepokea kwa furaha kubwa uteuzi wa mama @marthakarua kama mgombea mwenza wa @railaodinga. Mama Karua anatambulika kote Africa kwa kazi yake nzuri na ataifaa sana taifa la Kenya. Nawaomba wakenya waitumie vyema nafasi ya mabadiliko’’.

The two tweets were widely shared on social media channels, as they contained the Tweet verification badge, making them appear as though they were shared by the leaders’ legitimate accounts.
However, the nature of the tweets was suspicious and many users on social media labeled them as a political tool.
I decided to dig deeper to check if the tweets were legit. After thorough research and use of fact-checking tools, I established that the two tweets we fake and only meant to mislead the public.

Neither Vice President Kamala Harris nor Tanzania president Samia Suluhu sent any congratulatory messages to Karua.
President Samia’s tweet is purported to have been posted on 15 of May 2022 at 4.36pm,a day before the announcement of Martha Karua as Raila Odinga’s running mate. This is the first sign that shows, President Samia never tweeted the congratulatory message.

Secondly, President Samia Suluhu’s last tweet was on May 14, 2022 at 14.25. She congratulated Sheikh Mohamed Zayed for being elected as the third President of the United United Arab Emirates following the death of UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

On the other hand, a review of Vice President Harris’ Twitter account shows no such tweet of her congratulating Karua.
Bellow are links to the leaders’ twitter accounts

All these factors show the posts were fake. Every citizen is advised to be conscious of such random messages that tend to spread very fast. Many of them are misleading and may lead you into a trap of spreading fake information. Let’s be careful to verify messages forwarded to us, especially during this political season.

Kamadi Amata
Kamadi Amata
I am a digital content creator with niche in Health, politics, and Human Interest Features.

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